What is Cronobacter?
It’s a type of bacteria you have never heard of. Honestly, even though I trained in infectious diseases at Harvard Medical School, and was a disease detective at the CDC, I don’t know much about it either.
So here’s what I learned, briefly.
Cronobacter is a class of Enterobacteriaceae that cause infections in neonates, especially those born prematurely. Read this excellent paper about Cronobacter species contamination of powdered infant formula, by Lennox Kenneth Archibald and colleagues.
Thanks to my friend Anthony for alerting me to Dr. Archibald’s work.
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Philip Albert Lederer MD